The Ketchikan High School Debate, Drama, and Forensics team is hosting the last regional meet of the season this weekend. The meet begins today at 3:30 at Kayhi.
Six teams will be competing and debating the topic: The US should abolish the capital gains tax.
The team will conclude their season in February with the state competition.
The Kayhi Kings (4-4) are facing off against the Bartlett Golden Bears (2-3) in their first game of O’Brady’s Invitational at Bartlett High School in Anchorage. Kayhi Junior Marcus Lee said he is hopeful of a third consecutive championship in this tournament.
“This is the third year being invited to this tournament, and the last two years we came out on top,” said Lee. “We’re favored to win, and we feel a little bit of pressure, but we wouldn’t want to be in any other spot right now.”
The Lady Kings will be heading North on Wednesday to participate in the Palmer Elks Showdown.
Head coach Kelly Smith is looking to get some things out of the Lady Kings trip up North.
“I am looking for the girls to bring the same energy on the road as they do in front of our home crowd,” said Smith. “Playing three different teams in three different days gives us the opportunity to work on a lot of things and forces us to play multiple styles. All which will help come region tourney time.”
They will be playing the North Pole Patriots (0-3) Thursday. North Pole lost to Thunder Mountain (49-45) and West Valley (65-28). Kayhi beat West Valley 50-47 on Dec. 29.
The biggest test of the round-robin tournament might be game 2 when the Lady Kings play defending 3A state champion Anchorage Christian (8-0) on Friday. ACS beat Sitka 76-62 and Sitka beat Kayhi 46-40 earlier this season. The Lions’ average win margin so far this season is over 41 points.
Ketchikan will then end the road trip playing the Palmer Moose (3-1) on Saturday.
Third year varsity player Payton Simmons is very excited to take on some bigger competition up North.
“As a team, we’ve been preparing every day in practice and getting more out of it every day,” said Simmons. “There will be a lot of good and competitive teams up there and we are ready to work and do the little things to be successful.”
The Lady Kings (7-3) basketball team swept the Juneau-Douglas Bears (3-6) last weekend 75-62 Friday and 46-31 Saturday.
Senior captain Hannah Maxwell was happy with the way the team played in their first conference games of the season.
“It was a great weekend for the team,” said Maxwell. “We stuck together the entire time and got the result we wanted. It’s always fun beating Juneau but beating them at home is a lot different than beating them on their own court. The real test of our strength as a team will be facing them in Juneau next month.”
The Lady Kings will play the Bears again in Juneau on Feb. 16-17.
The Kings (4-4) are traveling to the O’Brady’s Invitational at South High School in Anchorage Wednesday.
After an open weekend Junior Kyle Smith said he’s ready for this week.
“Im feeling pretty confident in our team, after our games against Colony and Met I feel like we have made key improvements that should help us this week,” said Smith. “There will be some good teams and this tournament and we will need to be fundamental and do the little things right to beat them.
The Kings will take on Bartlett Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
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The Lady Kings (5-3) basketball team will be hosting Juneau-Douglas (3-4) in their first conference games of the year tonight, and tomorrow night.
Last season, the Lady Kings’ lost their first four games against the Bears, won the next three out of four, the last two being in the regional championship on the Bears’ home court.
Senior Captain Brittany Slick is hoping to continue their success against Juneau-Douglas and to set the tone in the region for the remainder of the season.
“Honestly it’s kind of nerve racking and there’s a lot of pressure not only on me and Hannah but on the whole team since we do have a reputation. All that you’re worried about is winning and it is scary but I am confident in our team and our abilities to be able to pull out another region title,” said Slick. “This weekend is important because we will learn how they play and learn how to beat them in the future.”
Junior Payton Simmons is looking forward to seeing how the team performs and is also looking to the tone for the remainder of the season.
“These are our first conference games of the season so we are very excited,” said Simmons. “This is a big rivalry game for us so it will be a very fun series to play in. We’ve been preparing all week for this.”
Friday & Saturday:
The Ketchikan Public Health Center reported that the number of flu cases in Ketchikan has doubled from last year. Ketchikan High School Principal Bob Marshall is fully aware of the problem and wants to take care of it.
“Anytime a student misses class, there’s going to be things that they miss that could ultimately cause them to get behind and I know with the current flu, people are out for days.”
The Department of Health and Services has taken action and has spread awareness.
“The Ketchikan Public Health Center wanted to reach out to the school district about this year’s flu season, the number of confirmed flu cases have double from last year, the entire country is seeing increase cases of flu. It is so important to prevent the flu by vaccination, proper cough etiquette, hand hygiene, and stay home when ill.”